Author: Keith F Punch

Pub Date: November 2013

Pages: 408

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About the Book

Welcome to the companion website for the third edition of Introduction to Social Research.

In the new edition of Introduction to Social Research, Keith Punch takes a fresh look at the entire research process, from formulating a research question to writing up your research. Covering qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods, the book focuses on matching research questions to appropriate methods. Offering concise, balanced coverage, this book clearly explains the underlying principles of social research and shows you how to put this understanding into practice.

The third edition has been fully updated and now includes:

  • A new chapter on literature searching and reviewing
  • Expanded coverage of ethics
  • A new section on using the internet in research
  • A range of additional student learning features

Using a range of examples from student research and published work, the book is an ideal introduction for any social science student taking a research methods course or embarking on their own undergraduate or postgraduate research project.

On this companion website, you will find...

Lecturer Resources

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The section of the companion website contains resources which are available free of charge to lecturers who adopt Introduction to Social Research.
The following material is available to lecturers:

  • Lecturer’s manual: detailed teacher notes to accompany each chapter of the book.

Student Resources

This section contains a wealth of resources for use as you carry out your research, including:

  • Free chapters: access to free content to help you develop your understanding of the research process.
  • Web links: links to resources that are helpful to all those carrying out research.
  • Further reading: expand your learning with selected titles.
  • Video Tutorials: get to grips with SPSS for free.


'A carefully crafted introduction to social research methodology. The author guides the reader through the research process in a comprehensive and logical way which is particularly helpful for the new researcher. A great resource for anyone involved in social research - novice or experienced'

Dr Mary Kellett, Open University


About the Author

Keith F. Punch is a social research expert and was Winthrop Professor in the Graduate School of Education, the University of Western Australia, and is now Professor Emeritus in the University of Western Australia.